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Bariatric Surgery at White Plains Hospital

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Bariatric Surgery benefits tip the scales...

See Dr. Waheeda Mithani and Dr. Phillip Weber discuss the remarkable benefits of bariatric surgery in MD News.
See Dr. Waheeda Mithani and Dr. Phillip Weber discuss the remarkable benefits of bariatric surgery in MD News.

Many people have struggled with the challenge of losing weight. The importance of maintaining a healthy weight goes far beyond physical appearance. Numerous studies have demonstrated that obesity negatively impacts your health and quality of life. In fact, obesity decreases the average life expectancy by 9 years and by 12 years in men.

Obesity can also lead to severe medical problems, including type II diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea and stroke, as well as increasing the risk of certain kinds of cancer.

Fortunately, obese patients who have lost weight and kept it off have experienced significant improvements in their overall health and well-being.

The Bariatric Surgery Department at White Plains Hospital can help patients decide if weight loss surgery is right for them. Our team has a comprehensive approach including a dedicated bariatric coordinator who will oversee all steps of surgery; an experienced and successful surgical team; and support groups and bariatric buddies who will help patients navigate the transition to a different lifestyle. Click here to see our brochure.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Most bariatric surgery procedures can be performed laparoscopically through just a few small incisions. These advanced techniques cut down pain and recovery time.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Long the gold standard of weight loss surgery, the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the most popular and the most effective bariatric procedure in the United States. This technique is unique because it helps patients lose weight in two ways. First, it reduces the size of your stomach, thus limited the amount of food you can eat. Second, a portion of the intestine is short circuited, resulting in your body absorbing fewer calories. These two effects combine to make it easier to lose the weight and keep it off for good.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Although is it not as effective as the gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric is increasingly popular because of its incredibly fast recovery. Many patients are home within only a few hours and back to work within only a few days. Here, either the LapBand ™ or the Realize Band ™ device is wrapped around the top part of the stomach. This physically restricts how much can be eaten at any time and tricks the body into feeling full with just a small amount of food. As the name suggests, the band should be adjusted periodically by your surgeon. This involves a brief office-based procedure, whereby the band is either tightened or loosened based upon your individual needs.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The newest technique in weight loss surgery, the sleeve gastrectomy involves cutting the stomach into a long thin tube so that it holds only about one-tenth as much food as it could before. Patients feel full after eating only a small amount of food. The rest of the digestive tract is otherwise left undisturbed.

Comprehensive Care

Bariatric Surgeons Dr. Waheeda Mithani and Dr. Phillip WeberWe strongly believe the best patient is a well informed patient. If you are considering weight loss surgery, the Bariatric Surgery Department at White Plains Hospital encourages you to research your options so you can make an informed decision regarding the procedure that best fits your goals and lifestyle.

As part of White Plains Hospital’s commitment to provide potential patients with vital information about weight loss surgery, we offer monthly informational seminars. These seminars are led by our bariatric surgeons and provide potential patients the opportunity to learn more about each of the weight loss procedures. The programs are free.

White Plains Hospital has an inpatient unit dedicated to the care of pre- and post-operative bariatric patients. Magnet Award winning nurses in the unit are specially trained in the care of our patients.

Your surgeon will work closely with many subspecialists within the Hospital to offer a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss surgery. Our program emphasizes education, diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.